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Emily C-D (b. 1983) is an illustrator, muralist, and collager of constructions made with the things other people throw away. By finding color, rhythm, and beauty in forgotten objects and spaces, Emily’s art is a celebration of the chaotic, the complex, and the unexpected. The fleeting nature of much of her work is implicit in the inevitable deterioration of her repurposed materials, but also reinforces her intention to bring people into the present through the experience of temporary creative acts.

Originally from Maryland and based in Mexico for the past five years, Emily has worked with diverse communities on both sides of the border to transform abandoned lots, walls, floors, fences, bridges, and rivers. Recently, motherhood has motivated Emily to return to her childhood dream of illustrating books, drawing on past and current community projects as inspiration for the stories and art. Her hope is that the work inspires young people to see themselves as potential artists who can make a meaningful contribution to their world.

Lives and works in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico / / +52.1.461.218.7135 Mexico cell Whatsapp

BFA, cum laude, Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD) 2005

Cultiva-Cosecha-Comparte: Semillas para Todos, seedsaving manual with Somos Semilla Seed Library, 2017
We Garden Under Blue Lights, chapbook of watercolors with poetry by Karen Brau, 2016
Río, por mil años/Guiigu’, ze iza, children’s picture book in Spanish/Zapotec with writer Victor Fuentes, 2015
Bananas, collage travel journal in collaboration with Jessie Unterhalter, 2008

Un Quinto Elemento, riverside mural, Gubidxa Gallery (Oaxaca, Mexico) 2016
Garden Carpet, ground mural with organic materials, Smithsonian Gardens (Washington, DC) 2013
Fenceweave, community weaving, Greater Greenmount Community Association (Baltimore, MD) 2013
Zapatos Bizarros, community mural, Idartes at Colegio Fontibon (Bogota, Columbia) 2013
Sunflower Village, mural diptych and flags, Franklin Square Community Association (Baltimore, MD) 2012
Merrymans Lane Schoolhouse Garden, steel silhouette sculptures, Waverly Main Street (Baltimore, MD) 2012
Agricultura Urbana, community wall/floor murals & garden signage, Huerto Romita (Mexico City) 2012
Animalitos Listos, community mural, Guapamacátaro Elementary School (Michoacan, Mexico) 2012
Bracelet for Walking, mural crosswalk, Highlandtown Arts (Baltimore, MD) 2011
Cha-Cha-Chachara, found object facade installation, Centro Cultural Border (Mexico City) 2011
El Ciclo de Transformación, community floor mural, San Pedro Joven (Monterrey, Mexico) 2011
El Puente Somos Todos, community floor mural on bridge, Centro Cultural Latren (Saltillo, Mexico) 2011
La Vida es H20, community floor mural, Fábrica de Artes y Oficios (FARO) de Oriente (Mexico City) 2010
Magic Monarch, community floor mural, Civic Works & Amazing Port Street Project (Baltimore, MD) 2009
Spill Game, community wall/floor mural, Civic Works (Baltimore, MD) 2009
Friendlytown, community wall/floor mural, Baltimore Yoga Village (Baltimore, MD) 2009
Gone Buggy, community mural, Creative Alliance at Hampstead Hill Academy (Baltimore, MD)
Painted Flower Path, mural crosswalk, Civic Works (Baltimore, MD) 2008
Nature in the Round, mural, Baltimore Mural Program at Herring Run Park (Baltimore, MD) 2008
Collaged Culture, community collage mural, Eastern Health Center (Baltimore, MD) 2007
Vision of a City Kid, mural, Neighborhood Design Center in Greenmount West (Baltimore, MD) 2005
Rainbowstools, painted park seating, Neighborhood Design Center at Library Square (Baltimore, MD) 2004

Intervenida, Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University (Baltimore, MD) 2012
Río, Por Mil Años, Galería Gubidxa (Oaxaca, Mexico) 2011
Picado, Community Center Art Gallery (Greenbelt, MD) 2010
Papeles por mis Ojos, Shine Collective (Baltimore, MD) 2009
Refuse Refuse, Load of Fun Galerie (Baltimore, MD) 2007
Salvage, The Brewers Art (Baltimore, MD) 2006
Rummage, Idle Hour (Baltimore, MD) 2006

Nudos de Arte por el Río, Galería Gubidxa (Oaxaca, Mexico) 2015
Salvage: A Waste of Materials A Wealth of Art, Public Works Museum (Baltimore, MD) 2013
Invited: The Anniversary List, Station North Arts and Entertainment District (Baltimore, MD) 2012
Axis Alley 2, North Calvert Street Alleys (Baltimore, MD) 2010
Midway Banners, Charles Street Bridge at Artscape (Baltimore, MD) 2010
Axis Alley, North Calvert Street Alleys (Baltimore, MD) 2009
Hunter Gatherer, The Gallery at Community College of Baltimore County (Catonsville, MD) 2009
Sondheim Exhibition, Decker Gallery at Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD) 2009
6th Annual Transmoden Festival, Whole Gallery at the H&H (Baltimore, MD) 2009
Travel Exhibit: Where Have You Been?, Towson Arts Collective (Towson, MD) 2008
What is Green?, Wind-up Space (Baltimore, MD) 2008
Midway, Charles Street Bridge at Artscape (Baltimore, MD) 2008
Found Objects: New Beginnings, Baltimore Public Works Museum (Baltimore, MD) 2008
Laundry Masala, Whole Gallery at the H&H (Baltimore, MD) 2008
Anonymous Rage, Sub-basement Artist Studios (Baltimore, MD) 2007
The Dilapidated Reanimated Expo, Current Gallery at Artscape (Baltimore, MD) 2006
Avalanche, The Greenmount Cemetery Gallery at the Copycat (Baltimore, MD) 2005
The Building Alteration Project, Mildred Monroe School Facade (Baltimore, MD) 2004

Printmaking Workshop Scholarship, Casa de la Cultura de Celaya (Guanajuato, Mexico) 2015
MD State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, Second Highest Honors for Sculpture (Baltimore, MD) 2014
PNC Transformative Art Project Grant, for Sunflower Village with Can Collective (Baltimore, MD) 2012
Guapamacátaro Interdisciplinary Residency in Art and Ecology Fellowship (Michoacan, Mexico) 2012
Galería Gubidxa Residency Fellowship (Oaxaca, Mexico) 2011
MD State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, Highest Honors for Works on Paper (Baltimore, MD) 2010
Fábrica de Artes y Oficios (FARO) de Oriente Residency Fellowship (Mexico City) 2010
Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, Semi-Finalist with TwoCan Collective (Baltimore, MD) 2009
Neighborhood Design Center Volunteer Recognition Award (Baltimore, MD) 2006
Open Society Institute Community Fellowship Finalist (Baltimore, MD) 2006
Maryland Institute College of Art Illustration Department Recognition Award (Baltimore, MD) 2004

Lecturer, Thirty: 30 Creative Minds Under 30, Maryland Art Place (Baltimore, MD) 2013
Lecturer and Visiting Artist, Esencial: IX Congreso Internacional Diseñar para la Humanidad, National Museum of     Anthropology and Universidad Anáhuac Norte (Mexico City) 2012
Instructor, afterschool art classes for Latino youth, Mi Espacio Program, Eastern Health Center (Baltimore, MD) 2008-10
Curator, Radix, Whole Gallery at the H&H (Baltimore, MD) 2009
Curator, Off the Wall, Whole Gallery at the H&H (Baltimore, MD) 2009
Instructor, summer art courses for city youth, Open Minds Art Club, Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD) 2008-09
Curator, All That Remains, Whole Gallery at the H&H (Baltimore, MD) 2007